The Last Ten Years: The Best Era In Humanity’s History

michael-jackson-they-dont-care-about-usBetween the financial crisis, sexting, and the Gulf oil spill, it may seem like the world has been going to pieces in recent years. But that’s only because you’re a pessimistic jerk who’s looking at everything all wrong. For the globe as a whole, the last decade has actually been a time of previously-unknown prosperity, health, and peace. Foreign Policy explains:

Consider that in 1990, roughly half the global population lived on less than $1 a day; by 2007, the proportion had shrunk to 28 percent — and it will be lower still by the close of 2010. That’s because, though the financial crisis briefly stalled progress on income growth, it was just a hiccup in the decade’s relentless GDP climb. Indeed, average worldwide incomes are at their highest levels ever, at roughly $10,600 a year — and have risen by as much as a quarter since 2000.

Even the wars of the last 10 years, tragic as they have been, are minor compared with the violence and destruction of decades and centuries past. The number of armed conflicts — and their death toll — has continued to fall since the end of the Cold War. Worldwide, combat casualties fell 40 percent from 2000 to 2008. In sub-Saharan Africa, some 46,000 people died in battle in 2000. By 2008, that number had dropped to 6,000. Military expenditures as a percentage of global GDP are about half of their 1990 level.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    That's a fairly tired way to explain away life's many new problems in America. Spread the changes across the population of the planet as a combined average and suddenly it all looks so much better…

    …unless your head isn't in your butt and you never forget that the average that matters most is the percentage your income has dropped here at home, the percentage of value your home lost, the percentage you pay for credit that has gone up, the percentage of services that have been slashed etc etc etc.

    The news is bad because its bad…and just because out of 6 billion people the global average well being is ever so slightly climbing, that doesn't mean we're farting through silk and shitting in tall cotton back in the land of the formerly free and the home of the used to be brave. Foreign Policy can take its owner class stooge act and go fuck itself…dry…with a chainsaw.

    • Your Mom

      “Spread the changes across the population of the planet as a combined average and suddenly it all looks so much better…”

      In America, an absolute majority of workers are ABOVE the median income. Not AVERAGE, but MEDIAN. That means if you lined up all American workers by income from top earning Warren Buffet to the lowest-paid person, and then you identified the person with the MIDDLE income, it means that MORE THAN HALF of all American workers would be nearer to buffet than the lowest-paid person. Never, NEVER before in world history have so many persons been so wealthy and enjoyed such liberty as in 2010 America. http://media.hoover.org/sites/default/files/doc

      “Owning class stooge act”? That's textbook Marxist stooge rhetoric. Capitalism is so terrible that it helped create Europe's longest period without a major war (ca. 1815 to 1914, from the end of the Napoleonic Era to WWI). And when the major wars began in the 20th century, they were spearheaded, more often than not, by anti-capitalists such as Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler.

      Pop Quiz: were the following quotes by Goebbels, Lenin or Marx?

      1. “Money is the curse of mankind. It smothers the seed of everything great and good. Every penny is sticky with sweat and blood.”

      2. “We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror.”

      3. “The worker in a capitalist state—and that is his deepest misfortune—is no longer a living human being, a creator, a maker. He has become a machine. A number, a cog in the machine without sense or understanding. He is alienated from what he produces.”

      4. “When we are reproached with having established a dictatorship of one party… we say, ‘Yes, it is a dictatorship of one party! This is what we stand for and we shall not shift from that position…’”

      Answer Key:

      1. Goebbels, 1929, quoted in Mosse, George L., editor. 1966. Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural and Social Life in the Third Reich. New York: Grosset and Dunlap. p. 107

      2. Marx, “Suppression of the Neue Rheinische Zeitung,” Neue Rheinische Zeitung, May 19, 1849

      3. Goebbels, “Those Damned Nazis” 1932 pamphlet

      4. Lenin, “Speech to the First All-Russia Congress of Workers in Education and Socialist Culture,” Collected Works, Vol. 29, p. 535.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        I must admit…quoting Sowell finally seems appropriate…because he's alongside good company for his demoniacally inspired pap….Goebbels, Marx and Lenin.

        Also…side note…Goebbels in his role as propaganda master cannot be assumed to be doing anything other than making an appeal that disguises the real motivations. The labor unions were smashed by the Nazi party just as hurriedly as were the Communists. Forgetting these inconvenient truths is stock and trade for the revisionists you unabashedly worship.

        Second, and more on topic, your median income theory uses a very similar skew as the Foreign Policy rag. It makes no accounting for the enormity of the top earners…shear away just a few percent of America's top-tier crowd and suddenly the average income nose dives. Avoiding this truth is understandable…it undermines your case. Likewise the buying power of the remaining median when lined up against the cost of living in this society suddenly seems much less impressive when not merely comparing dollar equivalents with persons living in Nigeria or Vietnam.

        If we remove the spectrum of world finance and return to the reality of life in America…and only America, then all of the major indicators of prosperity are taking deep hits in rapid succession. Personal investment, home ownership, afford-ability of education, etc etc. We are moving backwards…not forwards…and Thomas Sowell can spin the party line and propagandize in the fine tradition of those before him (including Mr. Goebbels)…but it does not change the real time effects on the ground or the observable phenomena that is witnessed outside the Beltway.

      • Connie Dobbs

        You're the biggest Godwinner of all time. And by that, I do not mean you win god.

      • A Bad Joke

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      • Gemmarama

        what exactly are you doing here? defending the nazis?!

    • dumbsaint

      The author was writing about humanity as a whole. If he focused on any particular nation there's a chance things wouldn't look so great, but that wasn't the intention of the article.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Good point…I didn't take article intent into account.

        I admit to being very frustrated by journalists struggling to maintain optimism. Theres a market for it…but I don't mind hard hitting bad news and prefer sometimes unpleasant realism…so when, in the middle of a world of bad news, a feel good fluff piece pops up…I almost resent it for distracting from the severity of the situation.

        It's like being buried neck deep in shit and having the guy next to me smile, sigh and say “Oh well…at least we're cozy and warm.”

        I expect a little better from Foreign Policy…but I have to admit…looking back…that last sentence was a bit harsh.

  • Pops

    a rare lapse by disinfo.com. this story is horseshit. humanity is at it's lowest point since American Slave days.

    • dumbsaint

      The worlds a bigger place than just the USA y'know.

      • Andrew

        What are you, a fuckin' commie?

        • dumbsaint

          Da, Get ready to 'duck and cover' подруга.

          Whatever you do don't link to Sowell though that would just be the worst thing

    • Nano

      Absolute nonsense. You just don't understand how bad most of the world was before the 20th century, and the LATE 20th century at that. Things are far from perfect right now, but they are immeasurably better than they used to be at any point in known human history. If that strikes you as inconceivable, given the current state of the world, then it should hammer home just how awful things used to be.

  • justagirl

    HELLO!? hippies are climaxing at childbirth!! ack!!

    • whitemaleoppressor

      Improvements in living conditions are due to science and technology, and is relatively immune to the actions of macro-psychos.
      But more and more people; work all day, and still don’t own their house, can’t defend their life and possessions, must spend most their wage before having any cash to save, and are viewed as semi criminal work.

      • justagirl

        you lost me at “macro-psychos”. (lol).

  • dumbsaint

    Music was better in the 90s though

    • Make Believe

      there is still some really great music coming out today, you just have to find it ;P

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  • Plantagenet47

    As a non-white person in North America, I'd rather much be alive today than 100 years ago.

    Still, perhaps the world has always sucked, it's just that unlike 100 years ago, we have mass media to tell us how much everything sucks.

    One of the thousands of things we could do to move forward is to get over the bullshit “left vs right” rhetoric; those concepts are rooted in the 19th century and are woefully out of date. No wonder there's so much voter apathy, and so many hung parliaments in democracies like Canada, the UK and now Australia.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Good point…I didn’t take article intent into account.

    I admit to being very frustrated by journalists struggling to maintain optimism. Theres a market for it…but I don’t mind hard hitting bad news and prefer sometimes unpleasant realism…so when, in the middle of a world of bad news, a feel good fluff piece pops up…I almost resent it for distracting from the severity of the situation.

    It’s like being buried neck deep in shit and having the guy next to me smile, sigh and say “Oh well…at least we’re cozy and warm.”

    I expect a little better from Foreign Policy…but I have to admit…looking back…that last sentence was a bit harsh.

  • whitemaleoppressor

    Improvements in living conditions are due to science and technology, and is relatively immune to the actions of macro-psychos.
    But more and more people; work all day, and still don’t own their house, can’t defend their life and possessions, must spend most their wage before having any cash to save, and are viewed as semi criminal work.

  • justagirl

    you lost me at “macro-psychos”. (lol).

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